Coronavirus COVID-19 News+
COVID-19 in Ontario
US/Canada Transport: With the new rules being enforced on transport drivers for crossing the US/Canada border there is an expectation of possible massive driver shortages.
Along with that will come the difficulty of booking trucks to get Raw Materials into the warehouse of manufactures to finish end products. We can also expect that the rates will rise based on supply and demand for the trucks and drivers that will still be on the road.
Despite this expected pressure of the foreseeable near future, as always, we will continue our aggressive approach of getting product out in a timely fashion.
Due to the Coronavirus Omicron epidemic being felt Canada Wide, our inventory levels are being pressured on Respirators, Coverall Suits, Pre-Filters, Refill Cartridge, Eye Protection and Sanitizing products associated with Covid-19. We will be reviewing and shipping inventory in order to satisfy our customers to the best of our ability based on current stock levels! Before purchasing, you may want to email us with stock enquiries.
"Many people have been seeking out N95 respirators, which, are designed to help reduce exposure to airborne particulate hazards, including virus and bacteria particles. When fitted and worn properly, N95s help filter particles in the air you breathe." - Stacy Richardson: Senior Health and Safety Application Professional 3M Science Centre
Which is the best mask to prevent COVID-19 and how do cloth, disposable, N95, and KN95 masks compare?
N95 Non-Valved Masks are the gold standard, but other good options exist if you do not have a N95, primarily KN95 masks and well-made, well-fitting, 3-layer cloth masks. Disposable surgical masks are also acceptable when closing the side gaps or wearing one on top of the other. Please see the best mask link above for the full article.
N95 Valved Masks: In the case where your workplace require regulated respiratory usage. We have One-Way Valved Respirators whom are intended for the Industrial Skilled trades sector where a specific protection is required by NIOSH OSHA to perform ones duty at their job.
Fraudulent N95 Masks: Tips to help avoid counterfeit products. - Penny Wise, President of 3M Canada
PRODUCT LEAD TIMES: Due to industry-wide shortages in paper, corrugated, steel and plastic materials, along with increasing demand caused by the ongoing pandemic, some of the products we offer are experiencing extended lead times. To keep you better informed on how these delays may affect your order times, we will do our utmost to update our website pages as those products and lead times change.
DELIVERY DELAYS: When placing orders, please keep in mind that shipping carriers have also announced delays in delivery times and have suspended their delivery time guarantees.
“Our CAN99 was the first and only Canadian respirator tested,” says Moore. “... with 100 per cent filtration tested.” He also highlights that"the CAN99 has excellent breathability as well." In February 2021 Vitacore received Health Canada Authorization for its CAN99 respirator, becoming the first Canadian made N99 equivalent single-use respirator.
3M Is now in the process of making critical N95
masks at Brockville, Ontario plant In August of 2020, 3M started preparing
their legal status to produce N95 3M 9205+ and N95 3M 1870+ Protective
Masks. We are expecting shipment to us in May and June of 2021. We are taking
pre-orders for them and you can find the two items on our home
page to learn more.
TORONTO - The Ontario government says it is aware of potential counterfeit N95 masks within the provincial personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpile. 3M distributes products through a network of authorized distributors, and encourages customers to only purchase from those approved by the company.
Health system partners were notified of the counterfeit masks in a memo sent on Friday. In the memo the province identifies lot codes for the N95 respirators, and urges health partners to review their current inventory “to see if you have any of the identified lot numbers received from the ministry’s warehouse.”
In early November, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam updated recommendations for non-medical masks. She now recommends that masks be at least three layers instead of two, and that the third layer be a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene fabric.
Guidelines have been provided for healthcare professionals working in infection control and prevention, suggesting eye protection goggles or face shield, gloves, a surgical mask and a fluid resistant gown or coverall ASTM CERTIFIED VIRAL RESISTANT PROTECTION . Protection from airborne particulate calls for using a respirator with N95, or FFP2 "Filtering FacePiece" and the number denotes the level of protection (92%-100) or equivalent rating. Basic Hygiene such as washing your hands with soap, and using regular hand sanitizer can also help protect you and those around you from spreading the disease.
At 3M we are continuing to find innovative ways to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and today we announced a new partnership with X-prize on their Next Gen Mask Challenge. Our teams have a shared goal of inspiring the next generation of scientists and innovators who are daring to create a better world and solving the world's greatest challenges through science, creativity and collaboration. "3M, a manufacturing partner that is prototyping, testing, judging and potentially manufacturing the winning designs." - XPRIZE
3M to make critical N95 masks at Brockville, Ontario plantThe federal and Ontario governments have convinced manufacturing giant 3M to start making N95 respirator masks at its plant in Brockville, Ont., a move that will give Canada a domestic supply of critical personal protective equipment, CBC News has learned.
Justin Trudeau repeats the Ontario 3M PPE to be distributed to send to Priority responders and Distributors to fill orders. PM "4 Planes worth of PPE have arrived to Ontario"
Critical COVID-19 masks heading to Canada after Trump and 3M reach deal. Canada's good to go for 3M medical masks, Yesterday evening, 3M was widely reported to have issued a news release saying it would continue to export the U.S.-made medical face masks to Canada. The deal with the White House is said to hinge on a plan by 3M to import more than 166.5 million of the masks from a facility it owns in China.
Canada looks to have secured a vital supply of face masks from the United States," the National Post, champion of globalization, sighed with relief. Ford's estimate of the original shipment size was adjusted to half a million.
Prime Minister says
the government is working with a handful of companies to produce masks and
ventilators in Canada as health-care workers raise concerns about the
availability of key medical supplies.
"Order to stop exporting N95 masks to Canada": Countries around the world are finding themselves short of the masks as health-care systems are overwhelmed by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. -Nicholas Pfosi/Reuters. So therefore, Medical device manufacturer 3M says it is under pressure to stop exporting N95 masks it currently produces in the United States to other countries, including Canada.
March 30, 2020
UPDATE: ONE SOURCE AJAX WAREHOUSE
Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Policies and Safety measures, One Source Industrial Supplies Ajax Warehouse Location has permanently closed its Pick-Ups and has remained our Regional Sales Office and Customer Service as of March 30, 2020. Otherwise, all our items are shipped out of the QUEBEC, EDMONTON, VANCOUVER, or CALGARY Locations to your destination across all Canadian provinces with reputable Couriers as stated above under the heading ‘Normal Expected Shipment Times’. Please see our terms for detailed information.
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
All live training has been cancelled. All Sales team of In-House Management and Safety Meetings have been suspended and continue them Virtually to keep up with COVID-19 Manufacturing Policy measures. All office staff and customer service are working from home.
All warehouse Locations have taken many precautions internally to ensure the safety of both staff and customers:
1. Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate.
2. Businesses engaged in the retail and wholesale sale of food, pet food and supplies, and household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and businesses, including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and other similar retailers.
All other 'non-essential' or 'at-risk' workplaces must close by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday
Further Public Park Closures March 25, 2020
According to Government of Canada, #COVID-19, Being prepared Website: We are asked "While the risk to Canadians is still low, it is important to be prepared at the individual and community level for all possible scenarios." #Coronavirus #DonotPanic #StockUP
They encourage things like: “Instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug, a friendly wave or elbow bump is less likely to expose you to respiratory viruses.”
It’s stated “The reason for stockpiling these items is not necessarily because you will need to self-isolate. Having these supplies on hand will ensure you do not need to leave your home at the peak of the outbreak or if you become ill. Stock up on essentials but avoid panic buying”
To prepare for this potential situation, you should have on hand:
· feminine hygiene products
· regular detergents for washing dishes and doing laundry
· fever-reducing medications, acetaminophen or ibuprofen
· includes products children if you are a parent or caregiver
· plastic garbage bags for containing soiled tissues, waste
· household bleach for creating a disinfectant solution
· dried pasta and sauce
· prepared canned soups
· canned vegetables and beans
· pet food
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